Teaching Tips for the Week

Each week, we highlight ways to address some of the most common questions Cornell faculty are asking at the moment. These tips are designed to help you find the information you need, when you need it to help develop the best strategy for engaging your students and providing a dynamic learning experience.

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How can I adjust my assessments in Canvas to accommodate documented student needs?

October 26, 2020

Canvas Quizzes can be used to create a range of formative and summative assessments, including surveys, practice quizzes, reading quizzes, mid-terms, and exams that can be set with a range of question types to fit your specific teaching needs.

When setting up a timed quiz, instructors may need to give additional time for some students. The Moderate Quiz option, which becomes available once a quiz is published, allows you to add time.

Note that if you set specific quiz availability dates that also frame the time limit of the quiz (e.g. a quiz time limit is 30 minutes, and the “Available From” date is October 26, 10:30 am and the “Available Until” date is 11:00 am on the same day), it is important to remember that the students who have been given additional time will still have to finish their quiz by the “Available Until” date and time, so you will need to assign different availability dates and times to those students. To do this, use the Assign to settings at the bottom of the Quiz Details tab.

  • Learn about giving additional time on a quiz in this Moderate Quiz Canvas resource

  • For instructions on how to assign students different “Available From” and “Available Until” dates, see steps #15 and #16 in Creating Quizzes in our Learning Technologies Resource Library
  • For a step-by-step introduction to setting up a Canvas quiz, see Managing Quizzes in our Learning Technologies Resource Library
  • To help you decide whether Canvas quizzes is the right tool to use for your teaching needs, see our Canvas Quiz Tips
  • For creating exams, see our Tips for High-Stakes Testing with Canvas Quizzes

Note: Copying a Canvas Quiz more than once in a course often causes errors. Use the Assign To setting for a quiz to set different availability windows and the Moderate Quiz function to set numbers of attempts or time limits.

Previous Tips

What is the best way to share my course videos with students in Canvas?

October 19, 2020

Kaltura is a video streaming solution available through Canvas. Instructors can use Kaltura to add video to announcements, assignment/quiz instructions, discussion posts, and pages in modules. Students can also add video to discussion posts or “text entry” assignments.

Because Canvas has a limit of 3 gigabytes of file uploads per course, uploading video content directly into Canvas will rapidly use up your course file space. Instead, use Kaltura to place videos on a Page within a Canvas Module.

How do I set up my exams/prelims in Canvas?

October 12, 2020

The Canvas Quizzes tool can be used to administer an exam or prelim. Assessments created in Quizzes may be comprised of various types and combinations of questions. The Center for Teaching Innovation has developed many resources to facilitate the use of Quizzes to conduct meaningful assessment in Canvas:

Instructors can also use Question Banks and Question Groups to organize and randomize different types of test questions.

  • Managing Quiz Question Banks, a guide to using question banks, collections of questions outside of any specific quiz (in our Learning Technologies Resource Library)

  • Managing Quiz Question Groups, a guide to creating pools of questions, allowing you to randomize the questions displayed (in our Learning Technologies Resource Library)

How do I set up and post Zoom recordings in Canvas?

October 5, 2020

The Zoom video conferencing tool allows instructors and students to meet or participate online when they cannot meet or participate in-person. It also allows instructors to record their lectures, save the recordings to the cloud, and share them with their students in Canvas. The Center for Teaching Innovation has developed these resources demonstrate how to set up and share Zoom meetings in Canvas:

For further information, see these additional resources: